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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the subject of the song the female baboon sings?

2. In the beginning of the screenplay, baboons have gathered in what place?

3. What is the foundation of modern life to the narrator?

4. What ritual is held among the primitives as a protection against deformed babies?

5. Why did William Tallis write "Ape and Essence"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

2. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?

3. Describe the moment in which Dr. Poole and Loola discover romantic feelings for one another, rather than lust.

4. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

5. What background information is the narrator able to learn about William Tallis?

6. Describe what occurs immediately preceding Dr. Poole's faint at the Purification Ceremonies.

7. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

8. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

9. Why was Gandhi killed according to the narrator?

10. What is the Arch Vicar's theory of history? What does this have to do with the "Order of Things"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola. Why are they compatible souls? What aspects of humanity do they share? Why is Loola different from the other primitives? What does Loola have that Miss Ethel Hook does not?

Essay Topic 2

Ape and Essence presents a dystopic view of the future. What is a dystopia? What are the features of such a place? What specific aspects of Ape and Essence are dystopic? Why might an author depict such a dystopia?

Essay Topic 3

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

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